Vancouver – BC health officials are struggling to stop a runaway Covid-19 infection and death rate at Holy Family Hospital.
Two more deaths take the tally of fatalities to 7 in the outbreak that began on June 9.
One more resident and two more staff are infected and the total of staff infection rises to 18.
The number of residents infected is now 42.
At Mission Memorial Hospital another person is infected for a total of ten. There has been 1 death.
The 60 infections were reported by Holy Family on its website on Saturday July 4.
“As of July 3 at noon, one new resident and two new staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.”
“Sadly, there have been an additional two COVID-19 related deaths in the past day. In total, 42 residents and 18 staff members have tested positive.”
“We offer our sincere condolences to everyone who has lost a loved one. Providence Health Care staff, medical staff and infection control experts are continuing to work with public health around the clock to ensure our long-term care residents and staff are kept as safe as possible.”
Holy Family admitted that during staffing shortages nurses are working on infected patients and non-infected ones.
Dr. Bonnie Henry has ordered single site work for some 8,000 care workers to try and stop transfer of infections.
So far there have been 48 outbreaks in long term care, acute care and assisted living in BC.
126 residents have died in these outbreaks. BC’s death toll now goes to 179.